• Senior Associate, Safe Food Project

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 2 months ago(1/4/2019 4:19 PM)
    Job ID
    Program-Government Performance-Federal
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


    We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


    Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national, and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


    With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Australia, Brussels, and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


    Safe Food Project
    Pew’s safe food project seeks to modernize and strengthen federal government oversight of meat and poultry safety and to further reduce foodborne illness across the food supply by improving safety policies and protocols used by multiple federal agencies.


    Position Overview
    The senior associate, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, will inform public policy by providing research and programmatic support to achieve the goals of the project. This will include developing subject matter expertise related to meat and poultry safety and relevant federal policies; participating in the execution of the project’s research and outreach plans; and assisting with convening meetings and stakeholder communications.


    Reporting to the project director, the senior associate will work closely with the senior officer, food safety, and other Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations, and other areas. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


    • Under the direction of the project director and guidance of other staff (particularly the senior officer, food safety):
    • Develop relevant subject matter expertise:
      • Track and analyze research and policy developments affecting food safety, particularly related to meat and poultry.
      • Proactively identify and monitor positions of influential stakeholders and thought leaders on key food safety issues.
    • Contribute to research and publication efforts:
      • Define and research key policy issues related to meat and poultry safety.
      • Research and produce materials on topics supporting the project’s goals, such as identifying sources of Salmonella contamination and effective interventions for its reduction, evaluating public health impacts of relevant policies, and tracking data gaps and research needs.
      • Help identify and execute external contracts, grants, and/or letters of agreement to accomplish the project’s goals.
      • Assist in the development of reports and documents related to Pew’s work on food safety, including on reducing Salmonella contamination in poultry.
    • Contribute to communication and outreach efforts:
      • Assist in planning, organizing, and coordinating in-person and online convenings of subject matter experts and other key audiences, e.g. relating to best practices and policies to reduce Salmonella contamination in poultry.
      • Participate in the development of presentations and talking points to support internal and external communications.
      • Collaborate with communications and government relations colleagues to prepare relevant materials and presentations for outreach to the media, policymakers, and other stakeholders.
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.



    • A bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a research, policy, or science-related discipline. Professional or advanced degree in microbiology, animal agriculture, or a research-related field preferred.
    • Minimum of four years directly related professional experience in food safety, microbiology, or animal agriculture is preferred.
    • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
    • Knowledge of current policy and research on food safety preferred.
    • Excellent applied research and analytical skills, including a proven ability to comprehend scientific research, synthesize large amounts of scientific information, identify themes, and present the information to an informed general audience.
    • Ability to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand, and synthesize different policy perspectives.
    • Excellent oral communication skills, including an ease in conveying complex concepts and issues in a clear, effective manner for policy and general audiences.
    • Excellent written and editing skills, including a proven ability to learn and adopt new writing styles as required.
    • Demonstrated project- and time-management skills, including the ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details.
    • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.

    This position is expected to include occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences.


    Total Rewards
    We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.

    The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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